Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Meet the Team

The Experts at Ambulatory Footwear® are Here to Help

Phil Watson C Ped (C), COFS

Phil Watson started working in the field of custom–made footwear in 1973. He attended the Pedorthic Program in 1981 and 1982 at Ballstate University. After completion of the program he spent three years teaching, designing, and implementing a number of shoe projects in southern Africa.

In 1988, Phil Watson was accredited with the designation of Certified Orthopedic Footwear Specialist (COFS) in the designing and making of custom-made orthopedic footwear. He is registered with the College of Pedorthics of Canada as a COFS as well as C Ped (c).

Mr. Watson is also a placement supervisor for the Diploma in Pedorthics Program at the University of Western Ontario.

In addition to his contribution to the clinical team in Dundas, Phil also conducts weekly clinics at the Inflammatory & Mechanical Foot Disorder Clinic in Hamilton and the Gane Yohs Health Centre in Ohsweken.

Shari Schroeder, Part-time Pedorthic Consultant

Shari graduated on the Dean’s List from the University of Western Ontario with an honours degree which included a specialization in Athletic Therapy. A summer job after graduating from Western turned into the establishment of a Pedorthic practice in 1991. Shari achieved her American Certified Pedorthist [C. Ped] designation in 1992. In 1996, Shari created Foot Works Pedorthic Services. In 2001, in response to the ever changing insurance regulations, Shari also achieved her Canadian Certified Pedorthist [C. Ped (C)] designation.

Shari is a certified member of the Pedorthic Association of Canada, the College of Pedorthics of Canada, the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics and the Pedorthic Footwear Association.

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Brad Minns, B.Sc.Kin.(H), C. Ped (C)

Brad is a graduated student-athlete from McMaster University where he earned an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He also played for the Marauders Football team and in 2011, and was a member of the Vanier Cup winning team. After graduating from McMaster, Brad furthered his education by completing the Prosthetic & Orthotic Technician program at George Brown College. Although his personal need for foot orthotics exposed him to the field at a young age, this was his first hands-on exposure to the fabrication of a wide range of assistive devices, including custom footwear and orthotics.

Brad then decided to pursue the accreditation of Canadian Certified Pedorthist [C. Ped (C)] as an apprentice. So he began working towards his goals and gaining valuable exposure to custom footwear and orthotic production. Then, after deciding to make the move from Toronto back to Hamilton, Phil Watson agreed to take Brad on at Ambulatory Footwear to mentor him through the final stages of accreditation. Brad is now a certified member of the Pedorthic Association of Canada as well as the College of Pedorthics of Canada. Brad is excited to continue his growth as a healthcare professional in order to better serve those in need.